Collaboration and Earth Initiatives

Black Hills Initiative: The Unity Concert

Launched in September 2014, the annual Unity Concerts of South Dakota are propelling a vital unification process supporting The Great Sioux Nation (Pte Oyate or Buffalo Nation) to reclaim guardianship of the Black Hills as their rightful homeland, building a bridge between the sacred sites of the Black Hills and all people worldwide in support of the Earth.

The next Unity Concert will take place 9th-11th September 2016, billed as a free concert ͞for the Black Hills, the Earth and All Her People͟.

Orchestrated by a coalition of elders of The Great Sioux Nation (the PahaSapa Unity Alliance), together with various native and non-native allies and environmental and social activists, (and with support from the Center of Sacred Studies), the two-day concerts feature celebrated Native and Non-Native artists and bring together representatives and spiritual elders from Native American tribes, artists, performers, concerned global citizens, and those on the right side of justice to return the guardianship of the as yet undeveloped parts of the Black Hills to The Great Sioux Nation.

Alive with ceremonies and sweat lodges, the concert events feature ceremonies to acknowledge and release the pain of a long and difficult history and to pave the way for The Great Sioux Nation tostand united for Mother Earth, and a shared, peaceful way of life for generations to come.

Like the transformational power of the great marches of the Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam war period, the Unity Concerts are cost free gatherings fuelled by music and spiritual activism. In these momentous times of spiritual and ecological crisis and climate change, the concerts are our symbolic appeal for humans across the globe to reconnect with the sacredness of nature, to respect and protect the Earth and restore her to balance so we can sustain our planet for future generations.

About the Black Hills

The Great Sioux Nationconsider The Black Hills to be ͞the Heart of Everything That Is͟, their ancestral homeland and site of their sacred ceremonies. The US Government’s illegal seizure of this land (1872) caused irreparable damage to the Sioux people and their culture, and while awarded compensation today amounts to beyond $1.3 billion, The Great Sioux Nation have never collected, saying, ͞The Black Hills were never for sale.͟ President Barack Obama’s expressed commitment to considering the Great Sioux Nation’s Black Hills Claim in 2009, inspired fresh impetus for the Sioux tribes to heal, unite and make a cohesive appeal to the US government to return their rightful heritage.

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